Novak Djokovic reaches seventh Australian Open final


In what was described by commentators as the comeback of a lifetime, Czech world number seven Karolina Pliskova survived four match-points in the third set against 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to eventually win the contest 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

"Obviously it's his first semi-finals at a Slam, but he has won against Nadal in NY some years ago, and he's made advances at the big tournaments", six-times Melbourne champion Djokovic added.

Djokovic has now made his 24th Grand Slam final, the third-most among men in the Open Era, after Roger Federer (30) and Nadal (25).

Lucas Pouille admitted that world number one Novak Djokovic played so well in their Australian Open semi-final Friday that he was powerless to resist. I think I've lost to him nine times so far in the grand slams, and I lost some tough matches in finals and semis at the French Open and US Open.

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She had a 2-1 lead in career meetings against Osaka heading into the semi-final but refused to be negative about the defeat. She was out in the first round at Melbourne Park past year and at Wimbledon , and third rounds the French and U.S.

Tsitsipas, in just his second Australian Open and seventh appearance at a Grand Slam, was looking to become the first Greek player - man or woman - to reach a final in a major.

"Today was a flawless match for me, from the first point to the last point", Djokovic said.

Largely, this price is because of the huge statistical discrepancy between the duo on hard court, with Djokovic enjoying around a 4% hold percentage edge on serve across the last 6-12 months, and around a 14% advantage on return.

"These are the kind of matches that you live for, finals of Slams, playing the greatest rivals at their best".

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The 2009 Australian Open champion Nadal still has not dropped a set at this year's tournament. It is his first semi-final at a slam but he has won against Rafa in NY a couple of years ago. "I think he has to stay true to himself, try to do the things he does well, really focus on that aspect more than anything else".

The top seed has had his struggles this fortnight, dropping sets against Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev, but it was as if he had seen Nadal's performance against Stefanos Tsitsipas and thought, "anything you can do".

"I feel like I can do something good against him", said the 20-year-old. "I knew he was going to make things hard". That was all the head-start Djokovic needed as he roared to a 5-0 lead before numerous centre court fans had settled in their seats.

The day had started with record temperatures of more than 40C in Melbourne but, such are the vagaries of the city's weather, by the time the match started, it was pleasantly cool.

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If Pouille plays at his absolute best, he could take a set, but anything more than that is a stretch. Even then I was not sure to get close. He also won their only other meeting at the Australian Open, with their 2012 decider considered one of the greatest tennis matches ever played. Nadal has his serve working at an elite level, and that's always the difference that puts him in another class, as you know his defensive effort is always showing up.